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For many of us, the temperature of the ocean simply determines whether or not we go for a quick dip or opt for lazing on the beach instead.

NIWA Australia Pty Ltd, established in Brisbane, Queensland, commenced trading on 1 February 2001. The official launch took place on 26 April at NIWA Australia’s office premises at 527 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills.

The same technique used to create the frighteningly life-like dinosaurs in the BBC documentary 'Walking with Dinosaurs' is now being used to help monitor New Zealand’s fish populations.

Pete Hodgson, the Minister of Research, Science and Technology, will come face to face with a couple of giant packhorse lobsters in Wellington on Friday.

Dr Julie Hall, of NIWA Hamilton, has been elected secretary of the international committee of the Washington DC-based Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR).

The chances of a tropical cyclone affecting the Melanesian countries from southern Papua New Guinea to New Caledonia are higher than usual this cyclone season, according to climate scientist Dr Jim Renwick of the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

In February 1999, New Zealand scientists led an international research expedition to the remote Southern Ocean,to artificially initiate an algal bloom by adding dissolved iron to the sea. The results of this expedition are published today in a series of papers in the prestigious scientific journal Nature.

The chances of a remnant tropical cyclone crossing northern New Zealand bringing high winds and heavy rainfall are about average this season, New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) says.

NIWA measurements of atmospheric ozone above Arrival Heights, near Scott Base in Antarctica, have reached the lowest values recorded. On September 30 the ozone level recorded there was 124 Dobson Units (DU) which is a new record low measurement for the site.

The toxic algal species that has caused the current outbreak on the west coast of the North Island has finally been detected in Wellington Harbour.

An annual monitoring flight over 48 Southern Alps glaciers has revealed that the glaciers’ summer snow lines are the highest they have been for two decades.

Senior NIWA Climate Scientist Dr Jim Salinger and glaciologist Trevor Chinn said today this was the third year in a row where the glaciers had lost ice mass, suggesting that in 1998 the Southern Alps climate abruptly shifted.

French and New Zealand scientists are examining sediments deposited over the last two million years in the offshore Wanganui Basin.

The French scientists are from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the University of Rennes, and they are working with geologists and geophysicists from NIWA (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research).

Their aim is to study the most recently active submarine faults in the basin and the influence of sea-level changes on the sequence in which the sediment was deposited.

Scientific understanding of climate change has made significant progress in the past five years, leading climate scientists said in Auckland today.

This week, 120 of the world’s leading climate scientists, who are meeting in Auckland, have managed to work through 700 pages of detailed comments about their 750-page draft report which assesses the latest scientific knowledge of global warming and climate change.

The NIWA meteorological buoy collecting wave and weather data in the Hauraki Gulf was put out of action between midnight and 1a.m. today. Mr Gavin Fisher, Auckland Regional Manager of NIWA, said transmission from the highly sophisticated buoy stopped soon after midnight.

The earth’s surface air temperature in 1999 was the fifth warmest in the record of observations stretching back to 1860.

More than a hundred of the world’s top climate scientists are meeting in Auckland next month to prepare their latest United Nations report on global warming and climate change.

Tangaroa on station for new millenium dawn

NIWA (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited) announced today a restructuring of its senior executive team in line with strategic growth plans.

NIWA scientists are discovering geological faults beneath the seabed in the volcanic coastal region of the Bay of Plenty.


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